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Description: Victor Allen Gets Endorsements for Pardon for Sidna – Brother Obtains 363 Signatures to Petition in Halifax CountyDate: May 11 1922
Newspaper published in: Richmond, VA
Victor Allen Gets Endorsements for Pardon for Sidna – Brother Obtains 363 Signatures to Petition in Halifax County
Danville, Va., May 10. Victor Allen, a brother of Sidna Allen, passed through here yesterday from Halifax County, where he has been working in the hope of being able to bring about the pardoning of his kinsfolk in the State Penitentiary.
He said that he was greatly encouraged over the prospects. He is keeping in close touch with the efforts which are being made in various parts of the State, and claims that 90% of the persons approached with the petition have signed it.
Victor Allen is a quiet man in his fifties. He left Carroll County several years ago and has for some time operated a store near Sutherlin. He is now devoting his time to his brother's cause. In Halifax County, he stated, out of 365 persons approached, only two declined to sign the petition. Deputy Jett of Carroll County, who was wounded in the Hillsville affray, has signed the petition and is using his efforts to bring about the liberty of the four men confined. Allen quotes Governor Trinkle as having said that at the proper time he would give the matter his most careful consideration.
Letters from Sidna Allen written in the penitentiary reveal the prisoner as in high hopes of winning freedom.